[TxMt] opening a file readonly

Pete Siemsen siemsen at UCAR.EDU
Fri Jul 20 19:37:24 UTC 2007


Ok, I see your point.  Perhaps a readonly mode isn't a feature found  
in many editors, but it con be useful the reasons I've described.

I couldn't find anything about such a feature in the TextMate docs or  
the book, so I assume that TextMate doesn't have the feature.  Is  
this email posted to this list sufficient to request it as a future  

-- Pete

On Jul 19, 2007, at 4:52 PM, Cliff Pruitt wrote:

> On Jul 19, 2007, at 1:11 PM, Pete Siemsen wrote:
>> Cliff, I think it's probably safe to call Emacs and vim "text  
>> editors" :-)  It's very useful to view, seach and navigate a huge  
>> config file with a text editor, and I prefer to browse readonly  
>> files with the same tool that I use to edit files.  A few days ago  
>> I wrote a TextMate language grammar for Juniper router configs, so  
>> now TextMate does syntax highlighting and folding of these config  
>> files.  It's surprisingly useful.
> Pete,
> Yeah I know what you're saying & of course Emacs & vim are "text  
> editors". :-)  But honestly how many "editors" of any kind have a  
> read-only mode? (This is where someone emails me a list of like  
> 3,000 read-only editors & I look like a jerk... happens every  
> time.)  It's just a non-standard feature both happen to have. I  
> don't discount that it's useful, I just wanted to pose the question  
> that maybe something else would work.  I think it's just  
> comparatively infrequent that the need to to completely prevent the  
> buffer from changing at all.  Usually most people have smaller  
> tasks & just "not saving" is sufficient even though that's not your  
> need.
> - Cliff
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